Pac-12 Weekend Outlook

Good Saturday morning everyone, down here in Tucson getting ready to head up to the Arizona and Utah game where I expect the Wildcats to cruise by with the W for their 4th in a row and some momentum heading into a big trip to Pullman and Seattle next weekend. As for the rest of the Pac-12, here’s what I expect:

Washington St. @ Oregon: I expect Oregon to win this game, in a tight one. The Cougars played a solid game at Oregon State which is no easy task for two middle of the road teams. Oregon, needs to be aware of a let down game, which is what this ultimately could be. After blowing out the Huskies on Thursday, Oregon needs to continue their hot stretch of basketball, if they have any dream of sneaking into any Tournament talk (Joe Lunardi has Oregon in his next Four Out category, in his latest bracketology). A loss here would not only drop the Ducks out of that, but it would be difficult for them to find their way back into any conversation. Oregon 78 – Cougars 69

California @ UCLA: What might be the game of the day/weekend, The Bears travel to meet the Bruins in a classic battle of in- state rivals. UCLA has been hot of late, losing only a tight one to Washington, while Cal is searching for a quality road win. UCLA has been a tough out for Pac-12 foes this years, but a win here would go a long way for a discussion for March with Cal. (Lunardi has Cal as an 11 seed facing Vanderbilt in the first round). Cal 71- UCLA 68

Colorado @ Arizona State: Expect Colorado to come out quick in this game, after a tough loss on the road in Tucson. In that game, they began to push tempo, which had Sean Miller saying that Colorado can be a tough team, when they move quick. As long as they stay out of foul trouble with their bigs, Colorado should win this with relative ease. They recently moved out of the discussion for a tournament bid, in Lunardi’s latest projection. Colorado 65 – ASU 50

Utah @ Arizona: I gave a glimpse of this game at the beginning, but I expect the Wildcats to cruise through this one, with walk-on’s Dondre Wise and Max Wiepking grabbing some minutes to give the Wildcats 7-man rotation a much needed rest. Lunardi moved Arizona into a 12 seed, facing Louisville. Arizona 85- Utah 50

Stanford @ USC: This game isn’t scheduled until Sunday evening, in Los Angeles, which gives these two teams some time to rest and prepare. USC is a lost cause right now, and nobody expects them to win on any night, except when they play Utah. Stanford will win this one and try to keep their heads above water after losing 5 of their last 6. Stanford 68 – USC 55

Washington @ Oregon State: This game holds the greatest importance for any team involved, as the Huskies desperately  need a bounce back win after their lackluster performance on Thursday night. While they are still tied for the lead in the Pac-12, as they look to solve their road woes. 4 of the Huskies final 6 are on the road, and with losses to Nevada and St. Louis, a loss to another lower-tiered Pac-12 team, will almost secure the Huskies fate of needing to win the Pac-12 tournament to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament (Lunardi moved the Huskies to his first four out category, after the Dawgs loss to Oregon). Take care of business here Huskies, as I expect them to do.  UW 78 – Oregon State 72

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